Michael Gove, the British minister responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit, said on Tuesday he was saddened the European Union was refusing to reopen discussions on a divorce deal but that Britain remained open to negotiate a new agreement.
“I’m deeply saddened that the EU now seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK,” he told Sky News.
“The prime minister has been clear: he wants to negotiate a good deal with the European Union and he will apply all the energy of the government and ensure that in a spirit of friendliness we can negotiate a new deal.
“We do need a new approach. Whatever happens, while we remain ready and willing to negotiate, the EU must appreciate we are leaving on Oct. 31, deal or no deal.”
Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit